International Basketball's governing body, FIBA, released the rosters for the World Cup, formerly known as the World Championships, which begins Saturday.
What prompted the discovery of this e-mail was a comment by Ferry at a team meeting when, while reading a scouting report about free agent Luol Deng, he said "he's a good guy over all, but he's not perfect. He's got some African in him. And I don't say that in a bad way."
When the Celtics dropped 58 eight years ago, they won the title the following season. That won't happen this time, but the gentlemen in green should improve on the floor.
Some of the names remained the same in the heat of 2014, but not for good reasons.
This season Charlotte is back to the Hornets, the team name the original Charlotte organization had when it came into the league. That team is now the New Orleans Pelicans, so Charlotte reclaimed its Hornets name.
Rose has played 10 games in the last two seasons. He appears ready to go for the 2014-15 campaign, thanks in large part to his participation for Team USA in their gold-winning romp at this summer's FIBA World Cup.
LeBron James penned a thoughtful essay for Si.com and announced, "I'm coming home."
"Well, we've got to do better, because we haven't won a championship in the last three years," head coach Rick Carlisle said. "When you don't win it all, you're one of 29 tied for last. That's how we look at things around here, and we want to change that."
The Nuggets had lofty expectations for last season after a 57-win campaign the one before. However, center JaVale McGee played in only five games, small forward Danilo Gallinari didn't play at all and top point guard Ty Lawson missed 20 games. Guard Nate Robinson and forwards J.J. Hickson and Wilson Chandler were dealt with injuries as well.
"Stan is a proven winner in our league. He instills his teams with passion, purpose and toughness. He is a great teacher who will help our players grow and develop," said Pistons owner Tom Gores.
Perhaps even more head-scratching than getting rid of a player's coach was the naming of Jackson's replacement, Steve Kerr. Kerr was brought in without having coached at any level and spent the last four years calling games for TNT.
Then, in July of 2013, the Rockets landed the big fish in the free-agent pool - Dwight Howard. He is an eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBAer and three- time Defensive Player of the Year.
It was that night when Paul George, who can make the claim he's a top 10 player in the NBA, broke his right leg in a gruesome accident while scrimmaging for USA Basketball.
Head coach Doc Rivers enters his second year after taking the club to the Western Conference semifinals, and while most of the key cogs return for the two-time defending Pacific Division champions, some big-name additions were made to the coaching staff.
Bryant's competitiveness and resume are the stuff of legend, but the odds of revitalizing these Lakers seem egregiously remote, especially considering they finished last season with the most losses in franchise history and lagged 30 games behind the Clippers, who have become the 'big brother' in the Staples Center hierarchy,
Head coach Dave Joerger and owner Robert Pera butted heads to some degree, so much so that Pera allowed Joerger to interview for the then vacant head coaching job with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The man who led the Heat to two championships and four NBA Finals appearances allowed his heart to take him home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James is gone and the Heat have to put the pieces back together.
Love wants to win NOW and knew it wasn't going to happen in the near future with the Timberwolves, who apparently didn't have a strong enough supporting cast around the former face of the franchise. So the powers-that-be decided to deal Love to the Cavs as part of a deal that landed Minnesota the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
New Orleans' recent struggles have been somewhat expected as the club continued to rebuild following the exit of Chris Paul and David West after the 2010-11 campaign. But while an NBA title isn't a realistic goal, the emergence of Davis, the acquisition of 7-foot center Omer Asik and, well, time seem to be tightening the clamps on Demps and head coach Monty Williams.
After wiping the egg off his face, Jackson found his man in Derek Fisher, his longtime point guard with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher retired from the Oklahoma City Thunder and took the job, bringing with him an amazing amount of playoff experience.
The sharp-shooting and electrifying Durant informed the team of discomfort in his foot Saturday, when championship dreams started to circle the drain. This isn't the first time the Thunder had to deal with an injury to a star player, as point guard Russell Westbrook is quite familiar with all of it.
Orlando has won a mere 43 games the past two seasons, clear evidence of starting over, so it doesn't come as a shock that the club went into training camp with 11 players on the roster with three seasons or fewer of NBA experience.
The Philadelphia 76ers are going to be worse than last season. Call it "Tanking, Part II."
After trading away Marcin Gortat just before the season, Vegas odds put the Suns' over/under for victories at 19.5, the second lowest in the league.
The Trail Blazers exceeded expectations last season with a 54-28 record and their first playoff berth since 2010-11. The 54 wins were 21 more than the year before when Portland was 33-49 and finished fourth in the Northwest.
Gay logged his usual gaudy peripheral numbers, scoring 20.1 ppg and connecting on a respectable 48.2 percent from the floor, but his value took a hit when the Raptors turned around their season after dealing him away.
"From our point of view, it's satisfying because of the work that we put in all year to get back to the Finals, and have this opportunity again, and it worked out," head coach Gregg Popovich said after beating the Miami Heat in the Finals. "So, we feel very gratified by that and humbled to have had the opportunity."
The biggest offseason priority for general manager Masai Ujiri was re-signing Lowry. The sometimes challenging point guard agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract and the team would basically stay intact.
Not much is expected from the Jazz once again and there's a new head coach in Salt Lake City. Quin Snyder will be drawing up plays for the Jazz and was named head coach back in June. Tyrone Corbin was not offered a new contract and Snyder gets his shot at becoming a head coach in the NBA.
After winning a round in the postseason, improving with veteran leadership and getting an assist when LeBron James bolted the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wiz have earned the preseason distinction as one of the Eastern Conference's three best teams.
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers along with guard Keith Bogans in exchange for the Sixers' protected 2015 second-round pick.
The Philadelphia 76ers signed guard Darius Johnson-Odom to a 10-day contract on Friday and waived guard Lorenzo Brown.
It's commonly accepted that there has been one case in history where the sequel has been either as good or better than the original.
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman will miss Monday's contest against the Houston Rockets for personal reasons.
In what has become a highlight of the NBA calendar, All-Star Saturday festivities will commence from Smoothie King Center.
After days of intense speculation concerning his future, Carmelo Anthony broke his silence on Sunday, announcing that he will indeed re-sign with the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony will officially hit free agency.
At least one member of this year's star- studded NBA free agent class will be staying with his old team.
The New York Knicks will have leading scorer Carmelo Anthony back on the court when the team continues its current road trip with Thursday's matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending Jan. 12.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets guard James Harden were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending March 9.
Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur and guard Nate Robinson have exercised their contract options for the 2014-15 season.
Conditions at the AT&T Center will be much cooler for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
New South Wales, Australia (Sports Network) - Eighteen-year-old Dante Exum of Australia has announced he will enter this year's NBA Draft, according to The Australian.
The Atlanta Hawks announced that John Jenkins will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful lower back surgery on Monday.
Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets has been diagnosed with a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, and several sources are saying the center may be lost for the rest of the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers officially have a new owner in former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Leandro Barbosa to a second 10-day contract.
Hall of Fame player and coach Bill Sharman died Friday. He was 87 years old.